Chapter VII Mounted Police

Chapter VII:

Mounted Police

7-1.      Composition of mounted police – Mounted police consist of such number of sub-inspectors, head constables and constables as may be sanctioned from time to time.In addition to their pay they receive horse or camel allowances at rates given in rule 10-75.

7-2.      Mounted officers – (1) All gazetted and upper subordinate police officers, except assistant sub-inspectors, are mounted officers, except assistant sub-inspectors, are mounted officers, and are required to maintain a standard of efficiency in horsemanship which enables them to perform journeys on horseback and other duties with the mounted police. The Inspector-General may lower this standard or grant complete exemption from it by general or special order in the case of officers appointed solely and permanently for duties which do not involve mounted duty.

(2) Every mounted officers is required to maintain at this headquarter a suitable horse, in accordance with the provision of this Chapter, and saddler as prescribed.

Provided that :-

  • The Dy. Inspector-General may by general or special order exempt any officer from keeping a horse for so long as he is employed in a post which does not involve mounted duty.
  • Upper subordinates employed in posts for which no horse allowance is authorized vide rule 10-75) shall be similarly exempted while so employed.
  • Examination may also be granted by the Dy. Inspector-General at his discretion to an upper subordinates who maintains a motor cycle, in lieu of a horse.

(3) Horses of mounted officers shall be at least 14 hands and 1 linch in height, capable of carrying 13 stones and suitable for police work.


7-3.      Filling of vacancies: – Vacancies of constables in the mounted police shall be filed either by director enlistment of men likely to make good horse and camel sowars or by the voluntary transfer of suitable men from the foot police. Ordinarily, only such men shall be taken into the mounted police as have already some knowledge of and aptitude for the management of horses or camels. If such men are not already trained foot policemen, they shall be required to undergo the same course as is laid down for recruits to the foot police. Mounted constables whether transferred from the foot police or directly enlisted shall also received the training laid down in rule 7.5.

7-4.      Duties of mounted police – (1) Mounted Police of the sanctioned establishment Police Statios shall be employed on all routine duties appropriate to their mobility.

(2)The main use of mounted police not borne on the strength of Police Station are:-

(a) organized operations against mobile gangs of criminals,

(b) patrolling for the prevention of dacoities, highway robbery and the libel,

(c) control of crowds and dispersal of disorderly mobs,

(d) Ceremonial

(e) assistant to the foot police in traffic control, and,

(f) process serving, message carring and escort duty, where conditions are suitable.


(3) Mounted police may be temporarily transferred anywhere in the province by order of the Inspector-General, and from one district to another in the same range by order of the Deputy Inspector-General, if the conditions of crime of public order warrant it, or for annual training if proper facilities do not exist in the district to which they are permanently posted. Mounted police shall not be employed on orderly duty but, when not required for training or for duties of the nature specified in sub-rule (1), a mounted constable may be used for the conveyance of urgent message on particular occasions. Constables mounted on horses shall, however, under no circumstances, be required to carry heavy post or parcels.


(4) Subject to the condition laid down in the preceding sub-rules Superintendent are empowered to employ e mounted police in their district at their discretion.


7-5.      Training of mounted police – (1) Mounted police shall be especially taught –


(a)        to ride and handle their horses in a horse manlike manner ;

(b)       to saddle and unsaddle and to groom their mounts.

(c)        the use of the mounted police baton ;

(d)       to lay out their stable gear properly for inspection ;

(e)        mounted squad drill ;

(f)        stable management, i.e., to keep their horses healthy and in good condition and the stable clean ad sanitary ;

(g)        to handle a .303 riffle while riding their mounts in halt position.


(2) They shall since received special instructions in the efficient performance of the duties specified in Rule 7.4 and in musketry and shall ordinary be removed from the mounted police, if they fail in two consecutive years to reach the standard of first class short.


7-6.      Arms – Mounted police shall be armed with mounted police batons and 303 rifles.


7-7.      Mounted police Establishment – Horses and camel shall be maintained at the rate of one for each sub-inspector, head constable and mounted constable of the sanctioned mounted police establishment.


(2) The reserves for the mounted police is embodied in the general reserves of the foot police. Recruits for the mounted police shall be borne on the dismounted reserves until they are absorbed.

(3) Horse ad camel allowances will be drawn only for the sanctioned effective establishment, exclusive of any reserve, and subject to there being no vacancies in the corresponding establishment of horses or camels.



  • Allotment of horses and camels – All allotments and re-allotments of horses and camels, other than temporary allotment for a period not exceeding six days, shall be entered in the order book.


  • Transfer of Sowars – On the transfer of a sowar to another district he shall surrender the horse or camel allotted to him in the district which he is leaving, shall be allotted another one in his new district.


7.10. Examination of horses and camels– (1) A Committee shall be constituted as occasion demands, of it shall consistent of the Superintendent himself or in his unavoidable absence another Gazetted officer specially designated by him as Inspector or Sub-Inspector and a Mounted Police Officer who shall if possible be of or above the rank of Head Constable. If the Superintendent does not himself preside decisions and findings o the Committee shall require his countersignature.


(2) Proceedings of the committee shall be record in the form 7.10 (2).



7.11. Responsibility for neglect: – (1) The horse or camel allotted to a Mounted Police Officer shall at the time of his ceasing to be examined by a committee (vide rule 7.19 (1). If the committee is of the opinion that such horse or camel has been rendered permanently unfit for police service, or is at the time of examination unit for service from injury or illness caused due to misconduct or neglect of the sower, it may record of finding suggesting suitable disciplinary action against the sowar and shall submit finding to the Deputy Inspector General of Police, who may confirm or modify the finding.


(2) If in the course of service of a sowar at finding under rule 7.10 (1) is received that through misconduct or neglect of the sowar death of any horse or camel allotted to him or any injury of illness has caused permanent unfitness of such animal for police service, the sowar shall be responsible to make good the loss sustained by the Government due to his negligence according to the order of the DIG record on such findings 7.12 remounts.


7-12.    Remounts – (1) Horses or camels owned by Government and certified by a Veterinary Officer to be unit for service due to old age, accident or disease shall, with the prior approval of the DIG, be cast. In case of accident, where the Veterinary Officer considers immediate destruction necessary, destruction should be carried out at one with awaiting the orders of the DIG. The Superintendent shall in such cases report all the circumstances subsequently to the DIG.


(2) Remounts shall be purchased in such a manner and by such officers as the Inspector – General may from time to time direct. Superintendents requiring remounts to replace horses or camels which have died or been cast shall notify their requirements to one of the officers so designated.


(3) Horses selected as remounts shall be between four and six years of age, not less than 14 hands 1 inch in height, capable of carrying 13 stone, and suitable for police work. No purchase shall be concluded until the horse has been certified as sound and of the prescribed age by a qualified veterinary officer.


(4) Camels shall be between six and seven years of age and shall be carefully tested as to their trotting powers and passed sound and of correct age by a qualified veterinary officer before being purchased or accepted on the establishment.


7-13.    Purchase of remounts – (1) Purchasing officers are authorized to purchase horses and camels within the maximum price fixed by the Government from time to time subject to the required veterinary certificate in each case and to their satisfying themselves that the animals purchased are in every way suitable for police work. To enable them to make prompt payment, purchasing officer may ask for an advance from the contingent grant by the Inspector General within the budgetary limits and where he does so, this may be arranged with the sanction of Finance Department. It is nevertheless incumbent on Superintendents to make adequate provision in the budget estimates to meet the cost of remounts when this can be foreseen..


(2) Superintendents on whose behalf remounts are purchased are not authorized to reject the, but, if they have reason to consider any remount seriously below the required standard, they may report the case to the Deputy Inspector-General.


(3)Superintendents should give notice to purchasing officers as long in advance as possible of their intention to cast any animal borne on the fund, so that suitable arrangements for it replacement may be made. When notice cannot be given in anticipation of the vacancy, purchasing officers shall endeavour to supply a remount within one month.


7-14.    Assistance to be rendered by the Animal Husbandry Department– (1) Directors of Animal Husbandry have been directed to afford assistance to Police Officers free of charge when purchasing remounts at fair.


(2) Veterinary Officers of the Army Remount Department have also been instructed to render professional assistance free of charge to police officer when purchasing remounts to those fair which are held in the horse breeding circules under the control of the Army Remount Department.


7-15.    Disposal of foals and cast animals – (1) Cast horses and camels shall be sold, provided that any animal, which by reason of permanent injury cannot be worked without cruelty, shall be destroyed.


(2) Foals of horses and camels owned by Government are the property of Government and shall be sold as soon as they have reached a suitable age. Expenses incurred in their keep up to the time of sale shall be borne by Government and proceeds of sales under this rule shall be credited to the Government.


(3) The use for breading of mares is prohibited, provided that this rule may be relaxed on the authority of the Deputy Inspector-General of the range on the recommendation of a veterinary officer or for other special reasons.


7-16.    Purchase and retail of grain and fodder – Fodder and grain for the mounted police shall be purchased in bulk according to requirements and to conditions as to storage room and availability of supplies. All supplies to purchase shall be examined by a committee to weight, quality and price.


7-17.    Feeding of camels –The feed charges of horses, irrespective of the variation in the prices of the commodities, which should be purchased in accordance with the prescribed purchase procedure shall be as follows:-.


  Ration Fodder Horses During summer During winter
(a) Barley 4 Lbs per day 4 Lbs per day
(b) Gram 2 Lbs per day 3 Lbs per day
(c) Bran 3 Lbs per day 3 Lbs per day
(e) Kutri Jawar or Oats dry 18 Lbs per day 18 Lbs per day
(e) Green Fodder 4 Lbs per day 4 Lbs per day
(f) Saltu 2 Lbs per month 2 Lbs per month
(g) Coconut Oil ½ Lbs per month ½ Lbs per month
(g) Dubbin ½ Lbs per month ½ Lbs per month


(2) Accounts shall be kept by the officer in charge of the mounted police in a register in Form 7-17(2) showing quantity received, issued and balance in hand. This record of receipt and supply of fodder and grain shall be in respect of each horse or camel separately and shall be signed by the sowar and incharge of the mounted police.


7-18.    Register of horses and camels. – In districts where there are mounted police, a register shall be maintained in Form 7-18 of all horses and camels on the strength of the district.


7-19.    Government horses and camels allotted to mounted Policemen sick or on leave or under suspension. – Government horses and camels allotted to mounted Policemen sick or on leave or under suspension shall be made over to the line officer or officer incharge of the mounted police. Such animals shall be looked after and may be used for instruction or duty by recruits or other men of the mounted police, as ordered by the Gazetted officer in supervisory charge. In such cases responsibility for loss or injury by miscounduct or neglect shall rest with the men so ordered to look after and used the animal provided that no policeman shall be so held responsible for more than one animal at a time.


7-20.    Branding of horses and camels. – Horses and camels shall be branded on the shoulder close to the Army remount marking, if any. Each animal shall be branded with the Provincial Cyper letter P.O.L.


(2) When an animal is cast, it shall be cross branded.


(3) Branding implements shall be maintained by the Superintendent of Police Headquarters, Lahore from whom they can be borrowed.


Form No. 7-10 (2)


Proceedings of a Committee assembled at ___________________________________ on ______________ by order of ___________________________________ for the purpose of ____________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________




The signature of each officer composing the committee should be attached at the end of the proceedings.


President :




The committee having assembled pursuant to order proceed to –

(Standard Form)


Form No. 7-17 (2)

Stock Register

Name of Article: ________________________________________



Month and Date Particulars Date Quantity received Quantity issued daily Balance of Stock Remarks







Signature of Sawar                          Signature of Incharge mounted police.





Form No. 7-18



To be filled in the event of being sick                  History sheet of horses and camels

purchased/maintained by Government

in various district.

Quarterly report of Veterinary .


Assistant surgeon as to the condition and charge if any since last report.


1.    Date of Admission into Hosptial

2.    Name of Disease



1.    Name of Horse or Camel (living District, Serial No.

2.    Age on enrolment___ Yrs.___Months


3.    Date of discharge


4.    Remarks (cured or otherwise)

3.    Height___________


4.    Colour

5.    Particulars of breed giving name and size.

6.    Particulars marks

7.    Date of enrolment

8.    Price

9.    Name of Committee which passed animal or name of purchasing officer.

10.       Superintendent’s signatures



Name of Article: ________________________________________


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